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Atropine is a custom drug that is classified as an anticholinergic. Atropine works within the body to disable the negative effects of a chemical called acetylcholine which may cause problems in the stomach or intestines, the urinary tract, nervous system, glands such as the salivary, tissues, etc. Also known as an antimuscarinic agent, atropine is used to decrease airway secretions and saliva prior to a surgical procedure. Additionally, atropine is often prescribed to combat spasms within the intestines, stomach, and organs. Atropine is an extremely potent custom made drug and prescribed only by physicians after a patient undergoes a full medical history review.

How to Use Atropine

Atropine can be administered as an injectable solution, tablet (oral), as an intravenous solution, or as a compounding powder. Your prescribing physician will decide what is best for you. If your physician prescribes a course of atropine, after beginning usage follow up with them or your compounding pharmacist if you have any questions about schedule, dosage, or administering the drug.

Possible Side Effects

Unfortunately many medications can cause side effects in some patients. There is no way to predict if you will experience side effects until you begin taking atropine. Once you begin using the drug watch for signs of side effects and contact your physician if any of the following side effects appear to be lingering or worsening:

  • Dizziness / Lightheadedness
  • Blurry Vision
  • Enlarged Pupils
  • Extreme Sensitivity to Light
  • Changes in your Taste
  • Headaches
  • Nervousness
  • Decreased Sweating
  • Dry Mouth
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Heartburn
  • Feelings of Weakness
  • Constipation
  • Nausea or Bloating

Serious side effects may occur in some users of atropine. Watch for any of the following serious side effects and contact your physician or seek medical attention right away if they occur:

  • Eye Pain
  • Mental Confusion
  • Rash and/or Flushing
  • Irregular Heart Rate
  • Fever
  • Difficulty Urinating

If other side effects occur that are concerning to you, seek medical attention.


Patients with pyloric stenosis, prostatic hypertrophy, and glaucoma should not take atropine. Women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, or breast feeding should not take atropine unless they have had a full medical consultation with their physician and their physician deems the use of atropine to be absolutely necessary. Use cautiously if you have a history of any medical conditions, and you are advised to discuss your full medical history with your physician before taking atropine.

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